Over one hundred Delaware County families are getting some extra help during the holidays this year thanks to the Christmas Hope program.
Delaware County Pay It Forward, the group that formed earlier this year to help residents during the COVID pandemic, stepped up this Christmas to help raise money and collect gifts for local families in need.
Trees with gift tag ornaments listing a child’s wish were set up at over a dozen businesses around Delaware County in recent weeks, with the public welcome to take a tag and purchase that gift – all of those gifts have now been bought and volunteer Missi McIntyre says the response was amazing.
Of the more than 700 tags, only about 150 of those tags were unfulfilled, so the volunteers have used the monetary donations that have poured in to purchase those gifts. They raised just over $14,000 between donations that were sent in, their online apparel store and the “Gift Your Change” boxes at local businesses. And the group just found out they were awarded a McElroy Grant to help with their efforts too.
A couple of teachers on the Christmas Hope committee are also making sure that each child receives a book. McIntyre says the families will start receiving their gifts this week.
She says none of this could have happened without everyone’s support.
Aside from the kids, the Christmas Hope committee is also putting together a little something for some of the seniors in the area, which they hope to have their elves deliver the week of Christmas.